Recommended reading

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This week’s best blog posts:

This is certainly the strangest post I’ve ever shared, this reflection by Ann Althouse on a movie from 1968. She considers its metaphor and structure, and how back then “literary fiction revealed the complexities of the mind of wealthy suburban males.” Read I’m a very special human being. Noble. And splendid.

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Land Rover grille. iPhone 5, 2013

Despite the news stories of security breaches and big companies selling your data, Mark Evanier reminds us that modern technology is mighty darned useful. Read Science Marches On

Dave Kellogg reminds us, when at work, to come right out and directly ask for what we want when making a proposal. Because so many of us never get to the actual thing we are asking for. Read Write Actionable Emails!

I wrote another remembrance of my dad, who was a penny pincher. But I wrote it over at Curbside Classic, the site for old parked cars, because I found a car that was a ringer for one he used to own — one that any miser would be proud to drive. Read CC Capsule: 1986 Ford Escort Pony – The Ultimate Car for the Man Who Hates to Spend Money

I manage software engineers for a living. Actually, I manage managers who mange engineers. Hiring managers is in some ways more challenging than hiring engineers because at least with engineers, you can evaluate their engineering, as it’s a tangible thing. Chelsea Troy offers some great tough questions to ask prospective manager candidates that really get at the depth of their experience. Read Questions for Prospective Managers

Do you ever feel stuck? Unsure how to move forward? Johanna Rothman says you probably have a preferred solution in mind that you can’t have. The first step to moving forward is to let go of your preferred solution. Read How Can You Generate Options When You’re Stuck

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2 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. TBM3FAN Avatar

    An email counterpoint concerning decreased productivity. I have never believed in multitasking. I read email maybe two times a week in my office. If I am at my desk working on a record and someone comes by to ask me something it better be life or death. Otherwise you hold that thought until I come asking what did you need to ask me.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I don’t believe in multitasking either. Single tasking lets you do more, do it better, and deliver it sooner. Here’s something I wrote on the topic for my software blog:

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